March 5th, 2014
The Strollin' Colon
In an effort to raise awareness about cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Dempsey Center are teaming up to bring you “The Strollin’ Colon.”
Take a stroll through the “The Strollin’ Colon” on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 4PM to 7PM at the Auburn Mall (by TD Bank), 550 Center Street in Auburn. Also on hand will be hematologist/oncologist Mahesh Pandey, MD from St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. At 5:30PM, Dr. Pandey will talk about what colorectal cancer is, how it develops, who should get tested and when, and ways to prevent the disease. Next, a colon cancer survivor will share his experience coping with the disease.
Colorectal cancer remains the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Despite these staggering statistics, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable, treatable, and beatable forms of cancer, especially when it is caught early.
February 17th, 2014
St. Mary’s Health System proudly invites you to participate in our inaugural Commit to Get Fit Challenge walk/run on Saturday May 3, 2014. The health and well-being of our community is at the forefront of all that we do. Fitness is an integral part of building a healthy community, so we will be hosting a 3K walk and 5K/10K run (along with great activities for the kids!) at our Medical Building in Auburn. The journey to a healthy life is built on hard work, commitment, and determination, let St. Mary’s be part of your journey. Join us on May 3, 2014. Register here https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Auburn/CommitToGetFitChallenge.
February 12th, 2014
Each fall thirteen Sam’s Italian Restaurants participate in a fund-raising effort in support local food pantries. For a $1 donation, customers can purchase paper cornucopias to help end hunger. The Sam’s location that sells the most cornucopias wins prizes as a thank you from Sam’s and local businesses such as Sparetime Recreation and Flagship Cinema.
This year, the employees at the restaurant’s Brunswick location raised the largest amount benefiting their local food pantry and Sam’s on Minot Avenue in Auburn raised the most for St. Mary’s Health System’s Food Pantry. A plaque noting their achievement was presented to the store in January as a thank you by Joyce Gagnon the Manager of St. Mary’s Food Pantry. Altogether, Sam’s restaurants in Maine raised $4,000 to end hunger!
In the photo (l to r): Wendy Chapman/Manager of Sam’s Minot Avenue location, Joyce Gagnon/St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Andy Morin/District Manager.
January 22nd, 2014
St. Mary’s is now offering a Mind Body Program for anyone who has or has had cancer. The program focuses on relaxation techniques, nutrition, increasing energy, improving physical and emotional side effects of cancer and its treatment and to promote healing.
The Program Includes:
- Initial Consultation (usually covered by insurance)
- Ten Weekly Group Sessions
- Educational and Reference Materials
- Relaxation CD
Cost: $300 (Assistance with payment may be available to those who qualify.)
**We have a special discounted cost of $150 for individuals who agree to participate in the pilot program!
The Program is run by Anne Brown, MD of St. Mary’s Medical Associates. Dr. Brown received special training in integrated Medicine and is a cancer survivor.
To register for this program or for more information, please call Dr. Anne Brown at 777-8810 or email: email@example.com.
January 17th, 2014
Have you ever thought about participating in a 5K or have you ever wondered what one is?
First, a 5K is approximately 3.1 miles. For those of us who break into a sweat just thinking about having to run, the thought of jogging a 5K might seem unattainable. The truth is it’s easier than you might think.
The key is start slow and gradually progress. The issue most could-be runners face is they start out too fast and go too far leaving them sore and feeling less than motivated in the days to come. If this is you, we can help!
We’ll provide you with a doable program in which you can gradually progress your distance, alternating between walking and jogging, and you don’t have to worry about speed –phew!
In just 9 short weeks, you could be ready for your first 5K! We don’t want to rush you though. So if you feel you need to repeat a week of the training program, we’ve built in an extra week for that as well.
This program runs from February 24 to April 25. We will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings starting at 6:05am at the Bates College Merrill Gymnasium indoor track. Each session will take 20 to 30-minutes. Optional group warm-up, cool-down, and strengthening is available.
If these days don’t work for you, you can still participate in the program at the indoor track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings any time between 6:05-6:55am.
The program cost $55. You may register by calling 777-8898. HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.
December 30th, 2013
Maine Public Broadcasting has been doing a series on the treatment of behavioral illness in Maine. One of the first stories in the series was a positive story about the St. Mary’s Behavioral Emergency Department. Congratulations to Dr. Michael Kelley and his team!
Read (or listen) here:
December 18th, 2013
Pictured are Kandie Desell of MAIN (left) presenting the November 2013 Outstanding Community Dedication Award to Annie Doran of Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.
The Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) recently awarded Lots to Gardens with its Outstanding Community Dedication Award. The award ceremony took place at a MAIN meeting, last month at St. Mary’s B-Street Health Center in Lewiston.
MAIN is an all-volunteer coalition of individuals and organizations created in 1980 as a statewide voice for low to moderate income concerns. “With this award we are hoping that by recognizing people in their own communities it will empower them to know they can make changes at the statehouse and in their own neighborhoods to effect positive change,” said Kandie Desell, a MAIN leader. “The fact that Lots to Gardens engages youth is also very important to us,” added Desell.
Lots to Gardens is a youth and community driven program of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center that uses sustainable urban gardening to provide opportunities for people to grow their own food, create access to affordable fresh food, and to involve youth as leaders in building a healthy community. The program helps families develop skills and build influence for lifelong and community-wide change. Since 1999, Lots to Gardens has built more than a dozen gardens and green spaces in four diverse neighborhoods in Lewiston.
Annie Doran, Youth Programs Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the program. “It’s wonderful to be accepting an award from a room full of people who truly understand the power our local youth and community have, and take the time to recognize our work. Lots to Gardens is in its 15th year of programs. There are now thousands of youth and adults who have raised vegetables in garden plots across the city and by doing so, raised their voices to express every person’s right to healthy, affordable food,” said Doran.
For more information about MAIN, see MAIN (Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods) on Facebook, and to learn more about Lots to Gardens, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, see www.stmarysnutritioncenter.org.
December 2nd, 2013
Bring some inner peace and relaxation to yourself during this the bustling holiday season. Join HealthSteps for a free Yoga Flow class! In exchange for the class, donations to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry would be welcomed and appreciated. This mixed-level flow class is open to new and experienced students. It is an excellent way to have fun while improving your overall health, well-being, strength, flexibility, and posture. Join us for a rejuvenating hour of yoga to balance the mind, body, and spirit while helping a good cause.
The class takes place on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00 am to 10:00am in the Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. The instructor is Tisha Bremner.
All proceeds benefit the St. Mary’s food pantry, which has been providing emergency food assistance to residents of the greater Lewiston/Auburn area for more than 20 years. The St. Mary’s Food Pantry relies solely on charitable donations. The dedication of our Food Pantry volunteers and the generous support of our donors are essential to performing the vital task of feeding the hungry among us.
HealthSteps is one of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. For more information or to register, please call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at: www.stmarysmaine.com
November 6th, 2013
Before you hit the slopes for ski and snow boarding season, make sure you are ready and conditioned. Join Dr. Bruce Hamilton-Dick, Medical Director of Sports Medicine at St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics, and Athletic Trainer, Jeff Eckhouse for a small group training session. You will be doing floor exercise activities, so please wear something comfortable and appropriate gym shoes. Two sessions will be held on at the Lepage Conference Center at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. The beginner’s session will be held at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For individuals with more experience, join us from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm. Each session is limited to ten participants to maximize the training benefits. To register for this free session, please call 777- 8481.